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Poetry is actually fucking cool...
03-18-2015, 12:46 PM
Post: #1
I'm not talking about Shakespearean sonnets or anything. Check these out. Even Kanye West has done a few of these as well as DMX.





And if you liked that...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXQ2eRHklDc

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03-20-2015, 01:55 AM
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And what's wrong with Shakespeare's sonnets? Huh

As long as it's got a certain rhythm (metrics are not everything, of course) and it communicates as such in people's heads, it's poetry. And, yeah, I agree. It's awesome.

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03-20-2015, 10:43 AM (This post was last modified: 03-20-2015 10:47 AM by QualonFireEye.)
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"...with the absolute heart of the poem of life butchered out of their
own bodies good to eat a thousand years."

~ "Howl" - Allen Ginsberg 1956



"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking
for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly
connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking
in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating
across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to Heaven under the El and saw
Mohammedan angels staggering on tenement roofs
illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes
hallucinating Arkansas and Blake-light tragedy among the
scholars of war,..."
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03-20-2015, 11:26 AM
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@Svarog, I think a lot of people struggle to see the beauty because of the language gap. I enjoy Def Poetry Jam, for instance, because these are 'normal' people using 'normal' words and doing it so brilliantly.

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03-20-2015, 07:45 PM
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(03-20-2015 11:26 AM)Zlogonje Wrote:  @Svarog, I think a lot of people struggle to see the beauty because of the language gap. I enjoy Def Poetry Jam, for instance, because these are 'normal' people using 'normal' words and doing it so brilliantly.

I agree, brother. I was just teasing a little, sparkling a discussion.
Poetry threads get me wet. Happy

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03-20-2015, 07:56 PM
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(03-20-2015 07:45 PM)Svarog Wrote:  
(03-20-2015 11:26 AM)Zlogonje Wrote:  @Svarog, I think a lot of people struggle to see the beauty because of the language gap. I enjoy Def Poetry Jam, for instance, because these are 'normal' people using 'normal' words and doing it so brilliantly.

I agree, brother. I was just teasing a little, sparkling a discussion.
Poetry threads get me wet. Happy

So long as you're wet, any post of mine has succeeded.

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03-22-2015, 12:26 AM
Post: #7
There are lots of criticisms of Rudyard Kipling, but nonetheless his poem "If" is, to my mind, one of the finest pieces of writing ever.

I've invested in, explored, and then found the bullshit in many philosophies over the years, but never this; it's something my nan first told me about as a little kid, and it's helped me through a shitload of tough times:

If—
By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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03-22-2015, 09:02 PM
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Brilliant. Do you know of any spoken-word version of this?

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03-22-2015, 09:15 PM
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I've never found one that did it justice, but IMO it would need someone like Richard Burton to do it... I just checked YouTube and there was nothing on there that worked for me, all too lightweight.

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03-22-2015, 09:17 PM
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Such a shame. Great message. Would be nice yo see someone deliver it as well as it was written.

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